NEW BRITAIN - It used to be called a pancake breakfast, but now it’s called the Grand Breakfast, because it serves a lot more than just pancakes.
The Grand Breakfast will be held Sunday, March 24, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the New Britain Senior Center, 55 Pearl St.
It is hosted by TRIAD, a nonprofit, all-volunteer partnership involving law enforcement, senior citizens and service oranizations and businesses, including funeral homes and the American Red Cross. TRIAD’s goal is to make the city’s seniors feel safe.
On the menu will be pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, orange juice and coffee. A bake sale and a raffle of gift cards and prizes including small coffee assortments also are planned.
Music will be provided by the duo of Steve and Richard, courtesy of Duksa Family Funeral Home. Sgt. Art Powers, the city’s police liaison to TRIAD, says breakfast guests should expect some saxophone playing.
Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Children under 3 will be admitted free.
The breakfast is a fundraiser for the 21st annual Senior Prom, a gala social event for senior citizens, hosted by TRIAD and set for Thursday, April 11, from 5 to 9 p.m. at New Britain High School.
The theme is “Under the Sea,” with decorations possibly including a sunken pirate ship, fish, crabs and bubbles. Seniors have dressed up in years past and the best-attired man and woman will be crowned King and Queen, in the tradition of the high school prom.
Dinner will be served and Avery’s will supply hometown-made sodas with a special label for the night, Powers said.
Music will be provided by the Happy Travelers, a group specializing in music of the 1950s and 1960s, Powers said. Entertainment in the past has included a photo booth and magicians, he added.
Members of the Boys & Girls Club, high school students, and community service officers will be on hand to help attendees throughout the event.
“They have fun. It’s a good time.” said Powers. “The volunteers are much appreciated. You’re doing something that’s good.”
Tickets are $5 per person and available at the New Britain Senior Center.
TRIAD helps seniors throughout the year with lectures that teach them how to do things such as use a cell phone, Powers added. TRIAD also plans a health fair for seniors in October.
TRIAD focuses on reducing unwarranted fear of crime and improving the quality of life for seniors, Powers said.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.